The National University of Singapore (NUS) has emerged as the number one higher education institute of Asia in the QS Asia University Rankings 2019.
NUS dethroned Nanyang Technological University Singapore from the top spot for 2019. Nanyang itself dropped to the third spot, tied with China’s Tsinghua University. The University of Hong Kong was placed second in the rankings.
The QS annual Asia university rankings are based on 11 indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, international research network, faculty/student ratio, staff with PhD, international student ratio, inbound exchange students, outbound exchange students, papers per faculty, citations per paper and international faculty ratio.
For this year’s rankings, QS organized a global survey that accessed findings drawn from 42,862 recruiters and 83,877 academics worldwide.
NUS, the number 1 varsity in Asia university rankings, received an overall score of 92 percent. It scored 99.8 for academic reputation, 99.8 for employer reputation and 100 percent for International faculty.
Tsinghua, the third university on the list jointly with Nanyang, was acknowledged for setting an international benchmark in the fields of academics, research output and innovative practices, securing 97 percent for academic reputation and 99.4 per cent for employer reputation.
Peking University moved up four places and was ranked as the 5th best in Asia university rankings, while Fudan University ranked sixth this year, showing advancement in the fields of academics and employer reputation.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology dropped from third to seventh, with their school of engineering ranked the 15th best engineering school in the world. It scored 83.6 percent for academic reputation. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology – fell four places to 8th position in the ranking.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) displayed steady progress and ascended one spot to land on the ninth position. Seoul National University secured was at the number 10 spot in the Asia university rankings.
QS Research Director Ben Sowter said, “China’s investment in the sectors of education and research have supported them well. These rankings also highlight the regional objectives and ambitions of India, along with reinforcing the current stature of Japan in the region. These rankings also recognise the efforts put forth by educational sectors that are governed with less resources, catering to the needs of smaller populations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea”.
Some prominent Pakistani universities were also successful in earning a spot in the QS rankings this year. Twenty three Pakistani universities featured in the list this year, up from 16 in the previous year.